Scholarship Searches

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There are several scholarship databases available for use in finding monies for college. The following are some of the more popular sites.

General Information Schools with NCAA affiliation (Division I and Division II) may offer athletic scholarships. Division III schools are precluded from offering athletic scholarships. Schools may be participate in scholarship programs from other associations, such as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For the best scholarship results, search each resource.

Sports Recruiting Services
The following companies will help market a student to college coaches. They distribute a directory of eligible students to coaches nationwide, and also offer services to help students create a sports portfolio and videotape. These services are not free, but charge a hefty fee.

  • CPOA – College Prospects of America, 12682 College Prospects Drive, PO Box 269, Logan, OH 43138-0269. 1-614-385-6624.
  • NCRA – National College Recruiting Association, 22900 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1, Woodland Hills, CA 91364. 1-800-473-NCRA.
Athletic Associations
  • NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, 6120 South Yale Avenue, Suite 1450, Tulsa, OK 74136. 1-918-494-8828.
  • NCAA – National College Athletic Association, 6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211-2422. 1-913-339-1906.National Collegiate Atheletic Association (NCAA) provides information about the recruiting process and other relevant information about NCAA rules on academic eligibility and recruitment procedures. It includes information about NCAA scholarship programs and financial aid for student-athletes. The site includes email addresses for NCAA staff who focus on scholarship issues. For more information, call (913) 339-1906.
  • NCCAA – National Christian College Athletic Association, PO Box 1312, Marion, IN 46952. 1-317-674-8401.
  • NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association, PO Box 7305, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7305. 1-719-590-9788.
  • NSCAA – National Small College Athletic Association, 1884 College Heights, New Ulm, MN 56073. 1-507-359-9791.
  • AAF – Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, 2141 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018. 1-213-730-9600.
  • NFSHSA – National Federation of State High School Associations, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153. 1-816-464-5400.
  • WSF – Women's Sports Foundation, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554. 1-800-227-3988.
  • Athletic Scholarships: Thousands of Grants and Over $400 Million for College-Bound Athletes by Andy Clark and Amy Clark, 3rd Edition, Facts on File, 1994. ISBN 0-81602-893-1 paper ($14.95).
  • Free Money for Athletic Scholarships by Laurie Blum,, Collier Books, MacMillan Publishing Company, 1993. ISBN 0-80502-660-6 ($14.95).
  • How to Win a Sports Scholarship by Penny Hastings and Todd Caven, First Base Sports, 1995. ISBN 1-88430-904-6 ($14.95).
  • Peterson's Sports Scholarships and College Athletic Programs by Ron Walker, 1996, 2nd edition, Peterson's Guides, 1995. ISBN 1-56079-483-6 ($24.95). 832 pages.
  • The Football Scholarship Guide by Keith R. Fossey,, Pigskin Press, Kenosha, WI, 1993. ISBN 0-96334-950-3 ($24.95). 308 pages.
  • The Road to Athletic Scholarship by Kim McQuilken, New York University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8147-5546-1 ($12.95).
  • Winning a Sports Scholarship by Chris Tenkin, Barricade Books, 1996. ISBN 1-56980-078-2 ($12.00).

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Disabled Students

  • HEATH Resource Center's 1996 Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities  The HEATH Resource Center of the American Council on Education operates a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Single copies of HEATH publications are available free. Of special interest is their 1996 Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities publication, which provides information on US federal student aid programs and other financial aid programs from the perspective of disabled students. It also includes a list of 29 sponsors of scholarships specifically designated for students with disabilities. Disabled students may also wish to request a copy of Vocational Rehabilitation Services  A Postsecondary Student Consumer's Guide. For more information call 1-800-544-3284 or 1-202-939-9320 (both numbers voice/TTY), fax 1-202-833-4760, write to HEATH, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-1193, or send email to [email protected]
  • Financial Aid for Learning Disabled Students
Other Resources
  • DSSHE-L is a mailing list devoted to issues related to disabled student service in higher education. Topics include the legal responsibilities of institutions under the ADA, how to meet the physical and academic needs of disabled students, and how to fund such services. To subscribe to the list, send email to [email protected] with 

    subscribe DSSHE-L

    in the message body. Submissions may be sent to [email protected].

  • Clearinghouse on Disability Information  The US Department of Education offers the Clearinghouse on Disability Information. For more information call 1-202-205-8241 (voice/TDD) or write to

    Clearinghouse on Disability Information
    US Department of Education, Room 3132
    330 C Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-2524.

Military Related

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web page provides information on educational benefits for veterans and their children. The U.S. Armed Forces has several programs that will provide students with money to pay for school. All are described as part of their military career guide site, My Future in the Money for College section. They also have a section devoted to Searching for Dollars for school, which provides some advice. For additional information about these programs, call your local service recruiter (listed in the phone book). For additional information about this web site, send email to [email protected].

  • Montgomery G.I. Bill  Under the Montgomery G.I. Bill, each of the Services, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and their Reserves and the National Guard, provide a cash incentive to encourage you to join and serve a tour of duty. If you serve on active duty, you become eligible by having 12 monthly deductions of $100 from your pay ($1,200 total). You can then get a cash payment of up to $14,998, all tax-free. If you elect Reserve/National Guard status, the amount is up to $7,124.

  • ROTC Scholarships  The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program provides students with money for college while they are in school, in exchange for a service commitment. Upon graduation, ROTC students become commissioned officers and start as an ensign in the Navy or Coast Guard, or a second lieutenant in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Full ROTC Scholarships pay for tuition, fees, and book costs for all four years of college. Smaller ROTC scholarships are available depending on the service. Application procedures vary by the service. For more information, call
  • Air Force ROTC and the United States Air Force Academy – Students, parents, counselors, and financial aid personnel will find a wealth of information here, as well as the ability to apply for scholarships online.

  • Community College of the Air Force – The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is a two-year college open only to enlisted men and women. It offers a variety of programs leading to an Associate's Degree, in more than 70 scientific and technical fields. Courses are free, and the Air Force pays for up to 75% of the cost of the college courses through its Tuition Assistance Program.

  • US Service Academies  Each of the four Armed Forces operates its own Service Academy as a four-year institution of higher education. All students who are admitted to a Service Academy receive a full scholarship with a small monthly stipend. Upon graduation, students are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps or as an ensign in the Navy or Coast Guard. For more information, call
  • Consumer Information Center (CIC) provides an online catalog of federal publications, many of which are available online. The Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents - 1996 (115C) provides information about financial aid opportunities for veterans and their dependents. Printed versions of CIC publications may be requested by sending mail to Catalog, Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, CO 81009. For more information, send email to [email protected].
Other Resources
  • Need a Lift by The American Legion
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3008
    Princeton, NJ 08543-3008
    (609) 921-3534
    Email: [email protected]
  • Army Emergency Relief Foundation  (703) 960-3982
  • Armed Forces Benefit Association  (800) 776-2322
  • Air Force Aid Society  (202) 692-9305

Minority Students

Scholarship Databases
Minority Publications and Resources
  • Black Excel: The College Help Network  Black Excel helps African-American students navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. Their web page includes a guide to historically black colleges. They sell a list of more than 350 grants and scholarships for African-American Students for $19.95, and offer other fee-based services relating to college admission. For more information, call 1-718-527-8896, write to Black Excel, 28 Vesey Street, Suite 2239, New York, NY 10007, or follow the link above to visit the Web Site.

  • Directory of Financial Aids for Minorities 1995-97 by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Webber, Reference Service Press, San Carlos, CA 1995. ISBN 0-91827-628-4 ($47.50 plus $4 postage and handling). 600 pages. This book includes more than 2,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans for minority pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students, indexed according to type of minority. To place an order, call 1-415-594-0743, or write to Reference Service Press, 1100 Industrial Road, Suite #9, San Carlos, CA 94070. 

  • Higher Education Opportunities for Minorities and Women – Annotated Selections by the U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996. ISBN 0-16-045218-X ($8.00). 105 pages. This publication includes a bibliography, a list of opportunities for minority and female undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, organized by academic area, with a separate list of general programs. Despite the 1996 revision date, some of the information is old and inaccurate. There are even errors about some of the US Department of Education's own programs! The coverage is also rather uneven. This publication is by no means comprehensive. To order a copy, write to Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.

  • HyperAMP and HyperAid (free)  HyperAMP is a set of programs and resource guides for minority students produced by the Hispanic Research Center at ASU. Versions are available for both Macintosh and Windows. Note that the full HyperAMP system is more than 10mb. If you are only interested in HyperAid, the subset of HyperAMP dealing with financial aid, just get the CIMD and HyperAid files, which run to about 2mb. A local copy of these files is available. You will need the Hypercard Player 2.1 or greater to run the Macintosh version.

    HyperAMP or HyperAid can also be obtained on CD-ROM or on multiple disks for the cost of shipping, handling and materials ($25 for HyperAMP; $5 for the single 3.5" disk of HyperAid) by sending a check to: HyperAMP/Aid, c/o Hispanic Research Center, Box 87272, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2702. Please specify Windows or Macintosh and disks or CD-ROM.

  • Minority Financial Aid Directory by Lemuel Berry, Jr., Kendall Hunt Publishers, 1995. ISBN 0-84039-944-8 ($45.95). This book contains more than 4,000 listings of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans for minority students.

  • Money for College: A Guide to Financial Aid for African-American Students by Evlene B. Wilson, Penguin, New York, May 1996. ISBN 0-452-27276-9 ($15.95). 481 pages. This book lists about 1,000 sources of financial aid for minority students, about 2/3 college-controlled and 1/3 from private sources, with a bit of information about federal student aid. The book includes a school index, field index, and athletic award index. To order, write to Penguin Books USA, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. 

  • NACME, Inc.  The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) is the
    nation's largest private source of scholarships for African American, Latino and American Indian students. Full tuition and housing scholarships are available to high school seniors in selected cities and need-based awards are available to high achieving university students. For more information, visit the NACME web site at, or call NACME at 212/279-2626, ext. 226 or write:

    350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2212
    New York, New York 10118-2299.

  • NACME Online Guide to Engineering  The site provides a robust introduction to the discipline, with links to major student engineering societies and every engineering school in the nation. The site also features a college search engine. Find the school that meets your needs. Each school is ranked based on its track record in enrolling and graduating minority engineers.

  • The Black Student's Guide to Scholarships by Barry Beckham, 4th edition, Madison Books, Lanham, MD, 1996. ISBN 1-56833-079-0 ($14.95). 150 pages. This book lists more than 475 sources of private sector financial aid for black and minority students. Each listing includes amounts, deadlines, and contact information. Entries are listed alphabetically, and are indexed by state, name, and academic area. The book also provides tips on finding and applying for financial aid. To place an order, call 1-800-462-6420 or write to National Book Network, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706. For more information, write to the author at [email protected].

  • The Higher Education MoneyBook for Minorities and Women by William C. Young, Young, Matthews & Cox, Fairfax, Virginia, 1993. ISBN 0-9639490-0-4 ($23). A directory of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. To order, call 1-703-385-3065, fax 1-703-385-1839, or write to:

    Young, Matthews & Cox
    10520 Warwick Avenue, Suite B-8
    Fairfax, VA 22030-3136


  • The Foundation Center offers a publication Foundation Grants to Individuals that is indexed by subject, foundation, type of support, geographic focus, company employee grants, and educational institutions.
The Foundation Center
8th Floor
79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 620-4230
The Foundation Center
Kent H. Smith Library
1442 Hanna Building
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 861-1933
The Foundation Center
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-0902
The Foundation Center
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-1400
  • The Foundation Center  The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit organization that maintains an up-to-date comprehensive database of foundations and corporate giving programs. Their Foundation Grants to Individuals directory is an excellent resource of graduate fellowship programs. For the Foundation Center library nearest you, call 1-800-424-9836. Contact: Melanie J. Blask at [email protected].
  • Foundations On-Line provides an online directory of charitable grantmakers.
  • Yahoo: Public Interest Groups contains a directory of nonprofit organizations.
Foundation Home Pages

Nonprofit Resources